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From: William Hancock <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Re : Is basque an Indo-European language ?
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:13:15 -0800 (PST)
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Dear (I gather "Cher" is too personal) Didier and Bernard,
I have not studied French formally, but can recognize the general meaning of nearly all the French quoted below.  However, I still feel the need for an English translation to get more out of reading a whole article.
Would it be asking too much for one of you to translate portions of the dissertation for the benefit of myself and others like me who are not sufficiently competent in French to read the paper directly? 
Please don't worry about doing a quality translation.  A quick, perhaps imperfect, translation of key portions would suffice.  I want to minimize the burden upon you.
That the Basque language could somehow be Indo-European is very intriguing!
Thank you for consideration of this request.
Bill Hancock
(A resident for a short while in Villefranche sur mer, France, many years ago.)

--- On Sat, 12/11/10, vernade didier <> wrote:

From: vernade didier <>
Subject: [DNA] Re : Is basque an Indo-European language ?
To: "Bernard SECHER" <>,
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010, 10:33 AM


I think a short translation is required. Shortly, the thesis is that the correlations found between Basque and IE languages can't be coincidences or traces of short contacts with IE populations. Rather, Euskara would be a true IE language from a separate branch.


PS : thank you Bernard for digging out this work. I don't know if I'll get the whole message out of it but it's a work that deserves to be known.

Bernard wrote :
> A recent PhD thesis of Arnaud
> Etchamendy: "Euskera-Erderak: basque et
> langues indo-européennes : essai de comparaison" from Pau
> University 2007,
> suggests that basque can be an Indo-European language. You
> can read this
> work on the following french web site:
> It is written: "L'auteur de cette étude suggère que
> l'Euskara n'est pas une
> météorite tombée accidentellement (au Pays basque) et
> que, loin d'être une
> langue orpheline, elle fait partie intégrante de la vaste
> famille des
> langues dites. indo-européennes."
> Bernard Sécher


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